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The homeland of the patterned pimelodus is the fast-flowing rivers of the South American continent, namely the rivers of such countries as Paraguay, Brazil and Gaina.
The patterned pimelodus has an elongated body, and a high dorsal fin flaunts on the back. On the two-blade tail fin there is a V-shaped notch. On pectoral fins there are quite sharp spines.
On the head of the fish there are two pairs of whiskers (short and long). Thanks to these whiskers, the fish can look for food even in muddy water.
They also serve as a barometer by which you can determine the health of the fish: if the fish is sick and needs treatment, then the whiskers will lie down along the body or they will start to curl. Under natural conditions, the fish can grow up to 32 centimeters in length, but in aquarium conditions its size is much more modest – only 15-17 centimeters.
In captivity conditions, the maximum lifespan is 5-8 years.
The patterned pimelodus is a very mobile and unpretentious aquarium fish. During the day, she prefers to keep shelters, and when dusk sets in, she leaves a secluded place and is active.
Despite such decent size, pimelodus is considered a peaceful fish, which can be shared with other tropical non-predatory fish. Mostly pymelodusa try to keep the lower layers of water.
If you transplant fish from one tank to another, be careful, as you can hurt your hand on its spikes.
If you plan to keep a couple of Pymelodusa, then the volume of the aquarium should be at least 100 liters, as the fish will need decent places for swimming. Also in the aquarium, it is important to organize a large number of different shelters. The fact is that if there are not enough of these shelters for the number of fish that dwell in your aquarium, cases of aggression may occur inside the pack.
Building materials for shelters can serve as stones, snags, large pots and dense thickets of aquarium plants. Oh, and do not forget about the flow in open water, the fish love it.
The parameters for the content of pymelodusae are as follows:
- active reaction: 6.5 – 7.0 pH;
- hardness: 6 – 15 dH;
- temperature: 24 – 27 degrees;
- powerful aeration and filtration;
- weekly substitution of 1/5 part of water for fresh.
You can feed your pet frozen, dry and live food. In addition, dietary supplements with herbal supplements from Tetra and Sera can be added to the diet. Under natural conditions, pimelodusi feed on small invertebrates and insect larvae.
Also, the fish do not hesitate to eat small fish or frogs. This type of fish often overeat, so arrange them once a week, the day of unloading.
Unfortunately, more or less sensible information on the breeding of pimelodusus in captivity has not yet been found.